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She Has No Head! – Top Ten of NYCC 2014 News

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Silk #1 Variant by Stacey Lee!

Counting down the best things for “Women in Comics” to come out of NYCC this weekend!

To be honest, going into a big con week I never know if there’s going be enough material to make a decent post of for She Has No Head. Sometimes I’ve struggled to come up with new announcements to write about, even after a big con. And then there are weeks where it’s hard to whittle your list down to ten items and you come it at well over 3,000 words. Well done, NYCC, well done!

I’ll also say that though I am “con averse” in general and was out of town for most of the festivities anyway, this was the first time I have been following the news (and even more so the tweets) and really felt like I missed out. So many great creators I love were out and force and being recognized for the insanely talented individuals they are and it made me feel so genuinely joyous (though disappointed to have missed out). Also, a huge thanks to all the people that so valiantly brave the con to do such great reporting, you guys are soldiers – soldiers that seemed like you were having an incredible time.

Onward to the list!

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Year of the Artist, Day 211: Todd McFarlane, Part 5 – Spawn #9

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Todd McFarlane, and the issue is Spawn #9, which was published by Image and is cover dated March 1993. Enjoy!
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Committed: 8 of my favorite surrealist authors

Recently I’ve been revisiting the surrealist comic book authors who have successfully conveyed the kind of disruption of reality which I experience in dreams. I want to pinpoint the ways in which they have been able to successfully communicate and provoke a kind of emotional dissonance with their work.

051414_sandmanNeil Gaiman (and by extension, artist Dave McKean) immediately comes to mind, specifically on his long-running and groundbreaking series; The Sandman, but also in works like Black Orchid and The Books of Magic. In many ways this is the most linear representation of  truly surreal environments that I can think of. He provides us with entire universes of insane, nonsensical, mythical imagery and logic, but he presents each story in a very direct, linear manner. His way of telling a story in this context is very much like a fairytale, with one event leading inevitably to the next, it is deceptively comfortable, almost hiding the craziness inside. When he does move the storyline towards something more evocative of chaos (i.e. towards the end of the books) he still lays all of the elements out carefully so that by the end the reader can happily piece together a logical continuity (that is to say it is logical within the context of the universe he has created). Continue Reading »

Comics You Should Own – Sandman Mystery Theatre

The many, many excellent series that begin with “S” continue!
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Comics You Should Own – Sandman

Yes, I know I call this “Comics You Should Own” and not “Comics You Already Own,” but let’s check this out anyway – I hope I have something new to write about it! Plus: Yeah, this is really, really, REALLY long. I just want you to be aware of that. But there are lots of pretty pictures! I should apologize for taking so long with this – I started writing it in October, but it’s been a bear to finish, plus I had all the other stuff going on at the end of the year. I love doing these posts, but they do take up a lot of my time, and “S” is a deadly letter in the comics alphabet, with a lot of great and long series – I anticipate spending the entire year on it, and who knows if I’ll even get through all the great series that begin with “S” in the next 12 months! Anyway, read on … if you dare!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 205: Sandman #12

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Sandman #12, which was published by DC and is cover dated January 1990. This scan is from Sandman: The Doll’s House trade paperback, which was released in 1990. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 43: The Sandman: Endless Nights, Chapter VII: “Destiny”

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks, with each week devoted to a single artist. This week: Frank Quitely! Today’s page is from The Sandman: Endless Nights, Chapter VII: “Destiny,”, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is dated 2003. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 26: Sandman Midnight Theatre

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Sandman Midnight Theatre, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated September 1995. Enjoy!
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Committed: Different Issues with Back Issues, Pt 2

030310_ephemeraContinuing the epic forage through my childhood comic book collection, moving into the realm of comix. Once I’d browsed and reminisced through my superhero comics to my hearts content, I moved on to the darker, more mysterious contents of the remaining boxes. Continue Reading »

Do We Really Need More Reviews Around Here?

Probably not. I’m going to talk about Ennis’s Punisher: War Zone, Detective Comics #853, Irredeemable #1, some relaunches Marvel has the temerity/balls to slap a $4 price tag on, and whatever else I’ve read lately that I feel like writing about anyway. Well, except for The Chronicles of Solomon Stone #1, whose greatness really should go without saying beyond, “Hey, Sims finally put the last part of the Chronicles of Solomon Stone #1 up”. Continue Reading »

The Many (Thousand) Deaths Of Batman

From Douglas Wolk’s excellent review of Batman #686:

Where Batman ends–the only way Batman ends–is where you stop reading Batman, which is how Batman has actually had hundreds of thousands of endings: dissatisfaction or boredom, walking out of the theater (past a dark alley?), cutting losses and wondering if it would’ve gotten better again.

So, how many times has Batman died for you? For me, he never really did. Continue Reading »

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